Sikkim and the Seven Sisters in March

  1. The campaign of “Swachh Shakti Saptah” launched in Sikkim (1st March to 8th March): The Rural Management and Development Department of Sikkim started a week-long campaign titled “Swachh Shakti Saptah” on 1st March. The campaign emphasized on the active involvement of women in the Swachh Bharat Mission. The campaign was jointly monitored and operated by the Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department along with Rural Management and Development Department of Sikkim Government.
Swachh Shakti Saptah
Swachh Shakti Saptah
  1. Mizoram Celebrates Chapchar Kut(3rd March): The festival is the most important traditional festival of the state. It was celebrated across Mizoram and Mizo-inhabited areas in the neighbouring states on 3rd March. The celebration is all about music and Mizo dances including Cheraw, Sarlamkai, Chheihlam and Khuallam. In Aizawl, state chief minister Lal Thanhawla was the Kut pa or father of the festival and state Art and Culture minister R Romawia was the Kut thlengtu or host of the festival.
  1. Tripura govt signed a MoU with Tata Trusts (7th March): The aim of the MoU is to control anemia concerns in Tripura. There are 48.3% children, 54.5%women and 24.7% men diagnosed anaemic. Under the MoU, Tata Trusts will help Tripura government with technical assistance to identify Double Fortified Salt (DFS that follows the rule of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). They will make sure all the people get double nutrition food.
Maternity leave
Maternity leave
  1. Maternity leave of 180 days in Nagaland(8th March): To celebrate the International Women’s Day, State Government of Nagaland informed that they are highly considering a proposal to increase maternity leave for female employees to 180 days as like the central govt. The current maternity leave period is only 90 days in Nagaland. This announcement was done by Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar at Nagaland University Kohima campus, Meriema on 8th March.
  1. Tibetans born in India between 1950 to1987 are Indian Citizens(8th March): The Meghalaya High Court announced on 8th March that Tibetan refugees born in Shillong or any other part of India, after 26th January 1950, and before 1st July 1987 will be considered as Citizen of India. It follows the Citizenship Act, 1955. The announcement would ease hundreds of Tibetans living in Nagaland.
  2. Uying Aran – Adi Festival(7th March): It is the new year festival of Arunachal Pradesh. The Adi community celebrates this festival with the dance called “Yakjong”. It was celebrated on 7th March this year in Pasighat, East Siang. 
Adi Festival
Adi Festival
  1. Sanskrit is to be compulsory in Assam (9th March): The Assam government on 9th March announced that it will implement the Cabinet decision to make Sanskrit compulsory till Class VIII in school. As per the Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the decision will be implemented after general consensus. However, there is a mix reaction all over the state about this announcement.
  1. Machu Basketball Festival (14th March): The event of basketball will be held in Chingamakha, Imphal on 14th March. Anyone can participate in the game with their own team. Each game will last 20 minutes. The victorious team will receive a sum of Rs. 5000.This event is completely free.

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